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Make Road Construction Works Open and Transparent to Leave No Violations Invisible


“Failed to carry out construction works in accordance with regulations and required improvement not heeded immediately: to face the acts by the Road & Pipeline Information Center (RPIC)!” This has been the standard response to contractors monitored and controlled by personnel of individual conduit units stationed in the RPIC, Taipei City. Established in July 2015, the RPIC has built up the construction work reporting APP, construction work instant recording system, and road construction works status online viewing and supervision by citizens. There were 537 violation cases caught and penalized by the city government in 2019. The RPIC suggests reviewing and publicizing violation cases quarterly in the future to reduce construction violations and maintain the quality of the road excavation and construction works at their best. 

Mr. Chen Hung-ming, head of RPIC, noted that the RPIC has been calling upon private and public conduit units to be stationed in the RPIC for online monitoring and supervising works by relevant units. In case of any issues encountered, they may coordinate lateral units to troubleshoot and effectively shorten the times required by road excavation works. In case of any regulation violation (e.g. failing to submit required reports) and quality issues during the construction period, the RPIC shall penalize the relevant units, score personnel involved, and mandate improvements in a given timeline to manage road excavation works and improve road repair quality.

Mr. Huang Chi-mo, chief of the Road Excavation Management Section, said that road construction works in Taipei City are now available for online inquiry. In addition to daily inspection by the New Construction Office, Public Works Department, Taipei City Government; the 1999 citizen hotline; the clean government volunteers; chief of village; and the police stations are helping to monitor and report violations in road construction works. With the help of recording throughout the entire construction period and photo and GPS position reporting at check points, any violations in the construction works are virtually impossible to evade.

The RPIC noted that individual conduit units are now ready to abide by management rules set by the RPIC and promote their contractors to do so accordingly, even better, to detect and prevent violations by the latter. There were 537 violation cases caught and penalized by the city government in 2019. The RPIC suggests reviewing violation cases with individual conduit units and contractors quarterly in the future to reduce construction violations and maintain the quality of the road excavation and construction works at their best.